One More Good Book to ReadBy Barbara Mates, Cleveland Public Library and Chair of the 2007 Schneider Family Book Award Jury
Members of the Schneider Family Book Award Jury received one more book to read during the 2006 ALA Annual Conference luncheon - To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities by Dr. Katherine Schneider, published by Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis (Ind.) in 2005 and autographed by Katherine and Ivanna (her current guide dog). If you ever wondered what it is like to live life fully as a woman who is blind, grab a copy of this book and read. Prepare to laugh often as you learn what it's like to use a public restroom, to go grocery shopping with a Labrador who doesn't think a kangaroo (costumed person doing an in-store promotion) belongs there, or what it is like to begin ones "second adulthood." The author is very generous in sharing both the good experiences and the bad and closes with a humorous checklist to help readers determine if they need to know more about people with disabilities.